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Ubuntu Mailing Lists

An up-to-date, full page of mailing lists for Ubuntu can be found at http://lists.ubuntu.com/ where users can see a list of available lists, view archived discussions, and can subscribe to lists through a Web interface. Table 8-1 presents the mailing lists organized by topic areas.

Table 8-1. General Ubuntu Lists

List Name



Ubuntu accessibility team


Ubuntu announcements


Discussion on Ubuntu artwork


Backports discussions


Desktop team coordination and discussion


Ubuntu developer discussion


Developer-related announcements and information


Documentation team coordination and discussion


Ubuntu documentation team commits


Ubuntu Linux proactive security deployment and development


Kernel bugs tracking


Kernel team discussions


Laptop-specific development


Ubuntu laptop testing


Ubuntu local community team (LoCo) contacts


Discussion on community-based marketing of Ubuntu


Announcements, feedback, and discussion for Ubuntu mirror maintainers


List for those mirroring Ubuntu FTP archives


Packaging Mono for Ubuntu


Mailing list of the Masters of the Universe


Interesting news about Ubuntu for users and developers


Ubuntu security announcements


Ubuntu community random chit-chat list


Technical board members list


Discussion about translating Ubuntu


Ubuntu help and user discussions


Ubuntu women


Ubuntu Bugs and Notification Lists (not discussion lists)


 Archive upload notification list, for automated uploads to all Ubuntu releases


Ubuntu bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME


Desktop bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME


Kubuntu bug tracker changes


Universe bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME


Warty Warthog archive upload notification list


Hoary Hedgehog archive upload notification list


Breezy Badger archive upload notification list


Dapper Drake archive upload notification list


Subproject Lists


Edubuntu developer discussion


Kubuntu developer discussion


Kubuntu help and user discussions


Xubuntu development discussion


Infrastructure Development and Support Lists


User and development discussion about the Bazaar distributed revision control system


Announcements for the Bazaar project


Bazaar repository commit notification


Bazaar-ng discussion


Discussion about the Hypothetical Changeset tool


Discussion for Launchpad users


Rosetta user discussion


Other Lists


Discussion about resolving security vulnerabilities

Lists are one of the oldest forms of communication by e-mail. A mailing list provides a single e-mail address that, when mailed to, will then relay the received message to a large number of people. In Ubuntu, lists are topical, and individuals can subscribe to a mailing list if they want to receive information on the list's topic. All mailing lists at Ubuntu are hosted at lists.ubuntu.com . If you would like to send a message to a list, simply e-mail <mailing list name>@lists.ubuntu.com while replacing <mailing list name> with the name of the list you are trying to mail.

With a few exceptions (e.g., the technical board e-mail list), anybody can subscribe to any Ubuntu list. In most cases, the capability to send e-mail to lists is restricted to list members (membership in lists is, of course, open to anyone). This means that all e-mail sent to a list from someone who is not a member of that list is put into a queue to be reviewed by a human "moderator" before it is broadcast to list members. This is done as an anti-spam measure. Users can subscribe to lists and then configure the system to never send e-mail. For several e-mail lists, all messages are moderated. This is largely to ensure that lists remain "low volume" or "announcement only."

Ubuntu's mailing lists are run by the popular Mailman software, which may be familiar to some users. Mailman makes it simple to subscribe to lists, to unsubscribe, and to configure any number of options about mail delivery. One popular option is to receive a daily "digest" of messages rather than a separate e-mail each time a new message is sent. This is all available through a Web interface at http://lists.ubuntu.com. Users can also subscribe to lists by sending an e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to <mailing list name>-REQUEST@lists.ubuntu.com.

While each list plays an important role in the Ubuntu community, a few central lists warrant a little more detail and may be a good idea for users to consider subscribing to. These are detailed below.


This fully moderated list relays all important announcements for the Ubuntu project and usually contains less than one e-mail per week. It is the first place where new releases are announced and where other important information can be found first. If you use Ubuntu, you may want to consider subscribing to this list. If you only subscribe to one list, this should be it.


This fully moderated list contains announcements related to the development of Ubuntu. It is low volume and contains one to three e-mails per week. If you work with code in Ubuntu, use a development release, or contribute on any technical level, you should be on this list. If you are at all involved in development for Ubuntu, this (in addition to ubuntu-announce) is the list you must subscribe to.


This is a primarily support-oriented list for questions and answers that Ubuntu users have. It is a very high-volume list, but it is an excellent place to ask questions and have them answered. It is a useful general-purpose list for discussion of any issue that pertains primarily to using Ubuntu.


This list is the primary site for general purpose discussion of Ubuntu development. If you are looking to contribute to Ubuntu in any technical way, you should subscribe to this list and begin to follow the discussion. The list is relatively high volume.


Sounder is the unmoderated community "chitchat" list. Sounder is the collective noun to describe a group of "Warthogs" and was initially the e-mail list that supported the small, invite-only group of users who tested the Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog release before it was announced to the world. The list has been kept for historical reasons under the old name but now provides a venue for the discussion of anything that is "off topic" in the other venues. It frequently hosts discussion of Ubuntu news, events, advocacy, and activism and is an important list for any community member who is participating and contributing to Ubuntu in less technical ways.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

While mailing lists provide the primary venue for asynchronous communication (i.e., not at the same time), there is still an important need for synchronous, or real-time, collaboration. Internet relay chat (IRC) fills this niche. While it was designed primarily for group (i.e., many-to-many) communication in "channels," it is also equipped with private messaging capabilities that facilitate one-to-one communication—all instantaneously. It is very similar to instant messaging or chat-room style communication. While time zones and a round globe make it difficult for the global Ubuntu community to meet at the same time, many users and developers take advantage of IRC's capability to let anyone chat about an issue in real time or to ask a question and have it answered immediately.

Like mailing lists, IRC channels provide a venue for a variety of different types of communication in a variety of different subcommunities in Ubuntu. There are many different channels, including channels in a variety of languages. A complete list as of the time of this writing is included below.

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